Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mexico City Part 1

Our retreat started at the Red Tree House in Mexico City. The room above is from the "branch" across the street from the main cluster of rooms where several of us stayed while the rest stayed in the main building.

This was our lovely and safe neighborhood; Condesa. Kathie Vezzani was our incredible guide (on the right). Katie Kendrick is on the left. Not shown is our co-host and chef extraordinaire, Ana Elena Martinez.

I cannot recommend the Red Tree House highly enough. The most accommodating hosts. Ever.

The rooms are filled with original art.
The breakfasts were divine.

Kathie, Katie and I started right out getting our fill of Frida's paintings.
This at the Museum of Modern Art in Chapultepec Park.

Katie had made each one of us a beautiful soft doll. OMG!

We had 4 1/2 days of classes with Katie sharing the teaching with me.
The rest of the time we went on field trips around the city, exploring art and having fun.

Cynthia Fawcett holding the doll she made. Love the colors.

I taught face painting on my first day. Above on the left is the doll I made in Katie's class and on the right is the gift from Katie.

Here the fabulous artists in our group show the dolls they made with Katie.

We worked at tables in the treetops.

One of our "field trip" days was spent at Frida's house, Casa Azul. The museum where you can see her dresses and all the rooms she lived in for over 20 years.

A dream come true for all of us.

We couldn't resist having our pictures taken in front of the blue walls.
Rene Hales in the photo above.

Frida's famous kitchen.

A type of Mexican ceramic that I (and Frida!) love.

The courtyard dappled with sunlight.

And of course plenty of Frida's paintings to study and admire.

As well as her studio.

Directly up those stairs is the bed she slept in.

Tiles in the fountain at the bottom of the stairs.

Shocking to see the leg she wore after her leg was amputated. 
But even it was painted with flowers and beautiful.

This is Ane Elena's photo of one of the many courses of our meal on the last day. Squid, ink dyed cous cous, smoky and divine. 

I'll close here because I've been sorting photos all day and I'm worn out. 

Tomorrow I'll show you the rest of the week in Mexico City and make an announcement about a new online class that launches April 13th.


Michele R. Unger said...

Lovely photos, beautiful so aptly summed up out time in DF. It was magical. Missing you very much.


artlover said...

Thanks for sharing Judy! It must of been such an inspiration to be so close to Frida's life as she lived it.

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Keep it coming. You know how I always love your travel post. You do such a wonderful job of sharing. I only wish I could have made the trip with you guys. It might have been the best ever. Thank you.

Rita Maria Gallery said...

thanks for sharing judy! one day i will go there :)

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Seth said...

Wow Judy. This looks like an exceptional experience.